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Riding the SS Noodles with Jamie McLennan

Tuesday, 05.2.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Riding the SS Noodles with Jamie McLennan

When Florida Panthers goalie Jamie "Noodles" McLennan signed as an unrestricted free agent in July of 2004, he made a promise to himself. "I said when I move to South Florida I'm going to grow my hair long and buy a Cadillac."

Breaking away from the pro athlete mold of brand new Benz-ies and Bentley's, McLennan went to a local auction and picked up a 1972 white Cadillac El Dorado with red leather interior for "a price."

What McLennan's ride lacks in technology – there are no plasma TV's, GPS systems or autopilots – it more than makes up for in style. Floridapanthers.com takes a look.

The Specs

Engine type: Overhead valves. Cast iron block

Main bearings: Five

Valve lifters: Hydraulic

Displacement: 472 cubic inches (7.7 litres)

Bore and stroke: 4.300 x 4.060 inches (109 mm x 103 mm)

Compression ratio: 8.5:1

Brake horsepower (net SAE): 220 at 4400 rpm

Brake horsepower (gross SAE): 345 at 4400 rpm

Torque: 365 ft. lbs @2400 rpm

Oil pressure: 35 psi

Carburetor: Rochester four-barrel Quadrajet

Model: 4MV

The Plaque and the Rumble Seat

The brass plaque fixed to the center console says McLennan's El Dorado is the first in the series to be built with the rumble seat. "They only made ten of these things," McLennan says. "We had ten people in here the other day. Three in the front, four in the back and three in the rumble seat."

The Modifications

"I'm sending it in next week to get completely restored," McLennan says. "With a few of my own personal modifications." Modifications including actual bull horns on the front grill, and an "S.S. Noodles" monogram along the driver side fender.

The Wheels

"The white wall tires are classic," McLennan says. The signature of Caddy's from the 70's and 80's the white wall tires look nice, but they're hard to clean and even harder to replace. Just ask McLennan, who blew out the rear driver side tire, replaced it with a run-of-the-mill good-year and would only let us take photos of the driver side. "That's her good side," he says.

The Legend

Famous El Dorado owners include Elvis, Roberto Clemente, Isaac Hayes, former Russian leader Leonid Brezhnev, Paul Newman and now, McLennan. Clemente received his as a gift from New York City's latin community in front of the famous Little Italy restaurant Mama Leone's. Hayes, meanwhile, has his on display at The Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, Tenn. His El Dorado is peacock blue trimmed in gold with a television and a refrigerator. It could probably use a set of horns though.

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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